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This Globe Made Of Matchsticks Will Amaze You

Its coolness is unmatched.

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Yoder told BuzzFeed in a phone call that the project required 300,000 hand-painted matches.

He said he took five matches at a time, dipped them in paint, and laid them on a strip of wood to dry. He got so good at it that he could get through a box of 300 matches in 15 minutes.

To complete the earth's core, he used plywood, cardboard fins, and expanding foam. Then, he covered the sphere in rice paper and marked out where each colored match would go.

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Yoder said by that point it was pretty much a "slightly more complicated paint by numbers project."


He included an image of Hurricane Sandy approaching the East Coast, which was happening around the same time he began the project.

Yoder said he also decided to include Hurricane Sandy because he was going through a divorce at the time, and the storm served as a metaphor for the "shifting dynamics within [his] family."